Bliss beyond compare

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1 Bliss beyond compare,
which in Christ I share!
He’s my only joy and treasure;
tasteless is all worldly pleasure,
when in Christ I share
bliss beyond compare.

2 Jesus is my joy,
therefore blessed am I;
O his mercy is unbounded,
all my hope on him is grounded;
Jesus is my joy,
therefore blessed am I.

3 When the Lord appears,
this my spirit cheers;
when, his love to me revealing
he, the Sun of grace, with healing
in his beams appears,
this my spirit cheers.

4 Then all grief is drowned;
pure delight is found,
joy and peace in his salvation,
heav'nly bliss and consolation.
Ev'ry grief is drowned
where such bliss is found.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #594

Author: Gottfried Arnold

Arnold, Gottfried, son of Gottfried Arnold, sixth master of the Town School of Annaberg in the Saxon Harz, born at Annaberg Sept. 5, 1666. His life was varied and eventful, and although much of it had little to do with hymnody from an English point of view, yet his position in German Hymnology is such as to necessitate an extended notice, which, through pressure of space, must be (typographically) compressed. After passing through the Town School and the Gymnasium at Gera, he matriculated in 1685 at the University of Wittenberg—where he found the strictest Lutheran orthodoxy in doctrine combined with the loosest of living. Preserved by his enthusiasm for study from the grosser vices of his fellows, turning to contemplate the lives of t… Go to person page >



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